Singer says he doesn't want people to forget about last summer's riots
Plan B has declared David Cameron to be “still a dickhead”.
Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, he said that the Prime Minister has backtracked on his 2006 statement that blaming young people for anti-social behavior was wrong – dubbed as his “hug a hoodie” speech.
“He was right”, Plan B said. “That was a genuine, heartfelt statement and if you read it, it’s correct. But he never said ‘hug a hoodie’; the press came up with that and he got loads of flak for it.”
He added: “Cameron’s still a dickhead… because he can come out with a speech like that, but when the riots actually happened, he goes, ‘Oh, we’re going to severly punish them all.’ And it’s like, well, what happened to ‘hug a hoodie’ now?”
Speaking about his new album, ‘Ill Manors’, which is released today, he said: “It’s a mirror, a reflection of today. And of the problems that have been swept under the carpet since the riots put them on the front pages. That’s why I made it so visceral, to get under people’s skin. I wanted people to misunderstand it, and to start debating it again.”
To celebrate the release today (July 23) of ‘Ill Manors’, Plan B will perform an exclusive launch show, which will be streamed live online. Watch the video below for more details.
Yesterday, he was forced to apologise after appearing on a magazine cover in what appeared to be a T-shirt for the neo-Nazi band Skrewdriver.
“The minute I found out what the words on the T-shirt meant I was angry with myself for not questioning them. The T-shirt is not official nor is it on sale anywhere. It was of my own doing and therefore it is my mistake, but that is all it is,” he said.
Plan B was recently been added to the line-up for London’s iTunes Festival. He will headline the Roundhouse on September 4 and joins the likes of Jack White, Usher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and One Direction in being confirmed for the festival, with more acts set to be confirmed across the coming weeks.
The series of shows will run from September 1–30. Tickets for each gig are all given away from the event’s official website. See itunesfestival.com for full details on how to get them.